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Réduire les inégalités sociales en santé

This resource is available in French only.

This comprehensive report, built on the contributions of 50 or so experts, was published in 2010 by the National Institute for Health Prevention and Education (INPS or L’Institut national de prévention et d’éducation pour la santé). The report does not offer standard responses or specific solutions. Instead, its aim is to serve as a basic support tool for people working to reduce the social inequalities in health.

Nearly a quarter of a century after the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion was signed, this important study evaluates the road that still lies ahead in terms of the objectives set forth in 1986. The authors all agree there is a need to better articulate and structure the strategies and methods directed at reducing social inequalities in health. Even more importantly, they make the case for better occupational training, to reinforce the skills of those involved in the fight against social inequalities in health.

The first section, which takes a historic look at France and Europe, is followed by four sections dedicated to

  • public policies
  • health care and prevention systems
  • assessment, and
  • partnerships

Each of the work’s five sections provides examples and recommendations, including

  • effective public policies implemented in Belgium, Geneva, and Montreal
  • a Parisian program linking doctors with maternal and child care
  • a six-pronged argument to put equity on the political agenda
  • linking health care and prevention systems to mental health, with program examples from northern Canada

This 380-page book features an impressive number of examples—supported by statistics, tables, and figures—of interventions aimed at closing gaps in health care systems between the most disadvantaged and advantaged populations.  It describes concepts and causal models such as “social gradient” and “determinants of determinants.”

Use this resource to

  • Identify potential partners— social and community workers, front-line health care workers, regulators, and policy-makers—in the fight against health inequalities caused by social inequalities
  • Select assessment methods to determine the impact of social inequalities on health at a local level
  • Investigate ways to work with health practitioners to implement integrated strategies to reduce social inequalities in health

Potvin, L., Moquet, M.-J. & Jones, C. M. (sous la dir.). (2010). Réduire les inégalités sociales en santé. Saint-Denis: Institut national de prévention et d’éducation pour la santé, collections.


Tags: Competencies & organizational standards , Evaluation, Healthy public policy, Intersectoral action, Key concepts, Modify & orient, Document

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